After living through a pandemic for nearly two years, I’ve gotten used to binge-watching an unprecedented number of movies. When I first stepped on campus, I imagined college life would be like Elle and Lee’s experience in “The Kissing Booth.” While COVID-19 never let us experience life like in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” why not try in 2022 — the omicron variant has nothing on us this time around.
“Legally Blonde 3”
Pretty, girly and smart — no goggles required, Elle Woods is back. This movie has got to be one I’ve been waiting for the longest, especially given that Mindy Kaling is co-writing the film. After waiting almost 20 years to see what Woods has become, I’m honestly most excited to see her chihuahua and matching outfits. In “Legally Blonde 3,” audience members get to see the return of Warner. After all, without Warner, there is no law school success for Elle Woods. We get to see her skills put to use again as she goes to defend her sorority sister against accusations of murdering her husband. Breaking stereotypes, getting back at Warner and showing off those post-law-school skills — who doesn’t want to see what the fashionista lawyer is up to now?
There’s nothing like reliving childhood Pixar classics. From Andy and Woody to Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, some of our favorite “Toy Story” characters are back in 2022. I thought “Toy Story 4” would be our last memory with the gang, but this year features the inside scoop on Buzz Lightyear. In this spinoff, we get to see the “real” Buzz Lightyear — one who exists outside of Andy’s toy box. The movie follows Buzz’s life story as an astronaut set to explore the universe on the path to becoming a world-famous space ranger. Looks like there’s more to the toy than just being a birthday present.
If you’re into musical rom-coms and Jennifer Lopez, then this might be the perfect movie for your upcoming date night, the film releasing just a few days before Valentine’s Day. If you’re facing the holiday season without a beau or are just in need of some time with your friends, make it a must-see on Galentine’s Day instead.
“Minions: The Rise of Gru”
The wait for Gru’s origin story is finally over. In this year’s “Minions” sequel, the film backtracks to the 1970s, where we meet a 12-year-old Gru. I guess he wasn’t always riding the Grumobile. Growing up, our protagonist dreamed of becoming a “feared supervillain.” It explains him popping a little kid’s balloon back in “Despicable Me.” Wanting to prove his villainy with the help of his minions, the story follows a young Gru on the run after he steals a precious stone.
“Jurassic World: Dominion”
Nobody wants to be followed during a walk back home. Now imagine that but with a mean and hungry dinosaur stalking over your shoulder — I know I’d fear for my life if I saw a dinosaur walking down Telegraph Avenue. Since the giant beasts were left to freely roam the Earth during the last “Jurassic” film, I get to see my fear in action as humans learn to live with dinosaurs in this anticipated 2022 release.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”
For all of us Harry Potter fans, the third movie in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” series will hit theaters in April. I watched the trailer during finals week when it popped up in my recommended list, and I am so excited. Yet again, Dumbledore has to save the world from Grindelwald — a dark wizard who is trying to take over the wizarding world.
“Top Gun: Maverick”
After numerous pandemic-driven delays, the sequel to the ‘80s hit “Top Gun” is due to be released in May. Full disclosure, I have not watched the original aviation-action movie, but it’s on my to-watch list. I have to see what the hype about Tom Cruise is all about. Among us youngsters, some don’t understand the hullabaloo around hits such as “Friends” or “Top Gun.” I had not heard about the franchise until my mom mentioned the sequel with much excitement. If you’re a Tom Cruise fan and want to see the hotshot fighter pilot in the danger zone with his Ray-Ban sunglasses, leather jacket and motorcycle, be sure to watch the film.